Welcome to Merritt Visitor Information at the Baillie House

Here on the Merritt Tourist Information page you have access to all of the important details you need when you are arranging your holiday to Merritt and the Nicola Valley; where to stay, where to eat, what to do and much more!

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Merritt Visitor Information

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A & W – (250) 378-6123
2301 Voght Street – website:  www.aw.ca

Bob’s Mini Mart – (250) 378-6500
East Indian Takeout – 2801 Clapperton Ave.

Boston Pizza – (250) 378-4222
3939 Crawford Avenue

Bramble’s Bakery & Café Ltd. (250) 378-6655
2151 Quilchena Avenue

Canada Café – (250) 378-5551
2055 Quilchena Avenue

Chevron Town & Pantry Triple “O”
(250) 378-2525 3643 Dewolf Way

Coldwater Hotel (250) 378-5711 pub
378-4543 Restaurant -1901 Voght Street
website: www.coldwaterhotel.com

Country Kitchen Station (In the Merritt Desert Inn)
(250) 378-2254 – 2350 Voght Street

Crystal Gardens Restaurant – (250) 378-8888
2226 Nicola Avenue

Dairy Queen – (250) 378-5030
3673 Dewolf  Way
website: www.dairyqueen.com

5A Diner (Elephant Ranch) – (250) 378-2100
3999 Airport Road

Espresso Etc. – (250) 378-9125
3-1950 Garcia Street

Garden Sushi – 250 378-5504
2701 Nicola Avenue
11am – 9pm Tues-Sat, Sun 4pm-9pm

Tropico Spice – 250-378-8283
1951 Nicola Ave.

Grand Pub & Grill – (250) 378-9819
2099 Garcia Street

Golden Chopstick (at the Quality Inn)
(250) 378-6333 – 4025 Walters St.

The  Hitch N Post – (250)315-1350
443 Hwy 8 – 1 block before Nicola Valley Meats

Home Restaurant – (250) 378-9112
3561 Voght Street
website: www.homerestaurants.ca

Johnny’s on the Rez – Store: (250) 378-9557
Pizza: (250)378-9558
7 Km from Merritt, before Lower Nicola
Pizza, Subs, Bakery and Deli

Kekuli Cafe – (250) 378-3588
2051 Voght St.
First Nations food and bannock

The Lodge BBQ Steak House – (250) 378-0424
2731 Nicola Ave.

McDonald’s Restaurant – (250) 378-2170
3360 River Ranch Road
website: www.mcdonalds.ca

 

Mandolin’s Bagel & Coffeehouse – (250) 315-0007
114-1700 Garcia Street

Game On! Sports Bar & Grill – (250) 315-1022
3710 Dewolf Way
website: Game On Sports Bar & Grill

Mongos Grill –    2082 Garcia St.

Starbuck’s Coffee – (250) 378-2921
3623 Voght St.

Subway
3623 Dewolf Way – (250) 315-0208
2190A Voght St. – (250) 378-3646

Panago Pizza – (250) 310-0001
2025 Quilchena Ave

Linda’s Café – (250) 378-0331
2101 Quilchena Ave.

I Love Sushi Restaurant – (250)315-3737
2099 Nicola Avenue

Superior 2 for 1 Pizza & Bakery – (250) 378-6292
2052 Quilchena Avenue

Tim Hortons – (250) 378-4661
3340 River Ranch Road
website: www.timhortons.com

Yaki Joe’s Pizza & Subs – (250) 378-5154
2190-B Voght Street

Nicola Sushi – (250) 378 4858
3581 Voght St.

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All of these  restaurants frequently have buses stop at them.  The ones without banquet rooms are large enough to accommodate larger groups.

If you have any other questions  please  don’t hesitate to contact us at bailliehouse@shaw.ca or call 250-378-0349.

Boston Pizza – (250) 378-4222

3939 Crawford Avenue

Bramble’s Bakery & Café Ltd. – (250) 378-6655

2151 Quilchena Avenue -has banquet room

Coldwater Hotel – (250) 378-2821

1901 Voght Street – has banquet room

website: www.coldwaterhotel.com

Country Kitchen Station (In the Merritt Desert Inn)

(250) 378-2254 – 2350 Voght Street

-has banquet room

Crystal Gardens Restaurant – (250) 378-8888

2226 Nicola Avenue

Elephant Ranch Restaurant – (250) 378-2100

3999 Airport Road

Tropico Spice – 250-378-8283

1951 Nicola Ave. Large restaurant

Grand Pub & Grill – (250) 378-9819

2099 Garcia Street

Golden Chopstick (at the Best Western)

(250) 378-6333 – 4025 Walters St.

-has banquet room

 The Hitchin’ Post – (250)315-1350

443 Hwy 8 – 1 block before Nicola Valley Meats

I Love Sushi Restaurant – (250)315-3737

2099 Nicola Avenue

Tim Hortons – (250) 378-4661

3340 River Ranch Road

website: www.timhortons.com

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AP Guest Ranch

About 40 minutes from town (Princeton Highway)

Only Place in the Area for horse Riding (With or Without Staying there)

(250) 378-6520   Fax: (250) 378-3492

Email: apguestranch@hotmail.com

Website: www.apguestranch.com

**Rates are in The Brochure**

Corbett Lake Country Inn

15 minutes from town (5A South)

Phone: 250-378-4334

www.corbettlake.ca

**Rates** Based on double occupancy unless stated other wise

In May/June Deluxe is $260*, Standard is $230* Rooms are $175 ($125 single)

In July / August Deluxe is $150**, Standard is $120** Rooms are $112 ($90 Single)

In September / October on weekdays Deluxe is $195* ,  Regular is $156*, Rooms $112 ($90 Single)

On Weekends Deluxe is $260* , Regular is $230*, Rooms $175 ($125 Single)

*$25 Extra Per person

**$18 Extra Per person

Room Rates include Breakfast, Three course meal available upon request for $27.50 per person

Coquihalla Lakes Lodge

46mins (63.4 km) 5 South

35600 Coquihalla Lakes Rd Exit 228

Toll free: 1-877-978-2096

Phone: 1-250-378-2096

Website: www.coquihallalakeslodge.com

Dancing J Guest House

4.5 km (Voght st. south)

87 Lindley Creek Rd

Is a guest house with no breakfast provided (kitchen available)

(250)378-5468                      Fax (250) 378-6967

E-mail : Dancingj@Telus.net

Website: www.dancingj.com

Diane Kiernan

1840 Granite 378-5773 Summer only

Gerard Guichon Ranch Bed, Bale and Breakfast

250-378-4535

website:  www.ocis.net/~grbb

Stay on a working ranch in a bed & breakfast format

Not sure about camping

GrandView B&B

ONLY ONE IN TOWN

2809 Grandview Heights

250-378-4738

Pets Ok

www.merrittgrandviewbandb.com

Hideaway Ridge Guest House

2649 Coldwater Road

PO Box 1614

Merritt, BC V1K 1B8

250-315-0099

www.hidewawayridge.ca

A Nicola Lake Vacation Home (Pat Lamb)         Vacation rental         no pets

(250) 378-2954         Fax: (250) 378-3515

Email: vcourt@uniserve.com

Website: www.nicolalakevacation.com

Nicola Lake Vacation Home (Bruce & Karen Seymour)

6588 Monck Park Road

Merritt, BC V1K 0A1

Phone: 250-315-2249 or 250-315-4453 (Evelyn Egely)

http://web.mac.com/bclakefrontvacation

Sleeps 12, Daily Rates:

HIGH SEASON $595/NIGHT

MID SEASON $425/NIGHT

LOW SEASON $295/NIGHT

*minimum 2 nights stay

Nicola Lake Rental (Rita Cressy)

5532 Harmon Estates

Merritt, BC

Phone: 604-521-5484; 250-378-5540

*minimum 3 nights stay

*2 bedroom main suite – maximum 6 people

*walk out studio – maximum 4 people

Quilchena Hotel

about 15 minutes from town

(250) 378-2611

Website: www.quilchena.com

Running Waters Bed and Breakfast

about 12 min from town

(250)378-4476          Fax: (250) 378-3925

E-mail: rickisbister@hotmail.com

Website:  www.bbcanada.com/runningwaters

Seven Halfdiamond Ranch

Guest ranch, spa + RV park

(250) 378-2616  Toll free: 800-357-3198  Fax: (250) 378-2616

Email: cabin@guestranchbc.com

Website: www.guestranchbc.com

UL Midday Valley Ranch

Guest ranch, spa + RV park

(250) 315-9087    Fax:  (250) 378-8824

E-mail:  middayranch@hotmail.com

website:  www.canadaguestranch.ca

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AP Western Guest Ranch (approx.40 mins)
Box 1148, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Toll free: 1-800-378-6500
Phone: 250-378-6520  Fax: 250-378-3492
e-mail: apguestranch@hotmail.com

*All Seasons Motel
2652 Nicola Ave. Box 1415
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-378-2352  Fax: 250-378-2362
KITCHEN

*Best Western Plus
3969 Crawford Avenue
Toll Free 1-800-780-7234
www.bestwestern.com

*Copper Valley Motel
2272 Nicola Ave. Box 670
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-378-9214  Fax: 250-378-9241
e-mail: coppervalleymotel@canada.com
Website: coppervalleymotel.net
KITCHEN

Corbett Lake Lodge (5A South of Merritt – 18.5 km approx. 15 mins)
Box 327
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-378-4334
e-mail: info@corbettlake.com

Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel
3713 Dewolf Way
Merritt, BC
V1K 1C4
Phone:  250-315-0237
Website:  comfortinnmerritt.ca
Email:  info@comfortinnmerritt.ca
Includes:  POOL, HOT TUB and FREE BREAKFAST & WiFi

*Knights Inn
2702 Nicola Ave. Box 1100
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-378-9244  Fax: 250-378-9244
e-mail: knightsinnmerritt@shaw.ca
Website: www.knightsinnmerritt.ca
KITCHEN

Dancing J Guest House (4.5 Km from town)
Phone: 250-378-5468  e-mail: jstirlin@uniserve.com

Douglas Lake Ranch (51 km, approx. 1 hour. 5A north)
General Delivery
Douglas Lake, BC V0E 1S0
Toll free: (800) 663-4838
Phone: 250-350-3344  Fax: 250-378-3336
www.douglaslake.com
e-mail: shg@douglaslake.com
Guest Houses, Lodges , Lakeside Yurts

*Intown Inn and Suites
2201 Voght St. Box 878
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Reservations: 1-888-828-8828
Phone: 250-378-4291  Fax: 250-378-2222
e-mail: qianxiang54@yahoo.ca
KITCHEN

*GrandView B&B ONLY ONE IN TOWN
2809 Grandview Heights
250-378-4738
Pets Ok

Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited (B&B)
Off 5A Past Quilchena (30 min from Merritt)
Reservations call : 250-378-4535
grbb@ocis.net
www.guichonranch.ca

Hideaway Ridge Guest House
2649 Coldwater Road
PO Box 1614
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
250-315-0099
www.hideawayridge.ca

*Merritt Desert Inn
Box 609
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-378-2254  Fax: 250-378-2522
e-mail: merrittdesertinn@telus.net
www.merrittdesertinn.com

Nicola Ranch Tourism (About 5 mins)
Box 4000
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Toll Free: 1-888-708-7388
Phone: 250-378-6499  Fax:     250-378-2727
e-mail: info@nicolaranch.com
KITCHEN

Paradise Lake Resort (50 km 97C)
Box 1448
Merritt BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-315-9226

*Prince Motel
2697 Nicola Ave. Box 1448
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 877-378-6899  Fax: 250-378-5808
e-mail: princemotel@telus.net

*Quality Inn
4025 Walters Street
Merritt, BC V1K 1K1
Local phone: 250-378-4253 or 800-663-2830
Fax: 250-378-6869
e-mail: nicolainn@telus.net
POOL/ restaurant
2 Wheelchair accessible Rooms

Quilchena Hotel & Resort (25km 5A north)
Princeton-Kamloops Hwy 5a Box 1
Quilchena, BC V0E 2R0
Phone: 250-378-2611  Fax: 250-378-6091
e-mail: hotel@quilchena.com

*Ramada Inn Ltd.
3571 Voght Street
Merritt, BC V1K 1C5
Phone: (800) 353-3571            Fax: 250-378-4016
e-mail: reservations@ramadamerritt.ca
www.ramada.com
Local phone: 378-3567
POOL WITH LARGE SLIDE
1 Wheelchair accessible Room

*Ranchland Villa Motel
2379 Nicola Ave. Box 1541
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-378-2140  Fax: 250-378-2049
e-mail: ranchlandvilla@uniserve.com

*Road Runner Motel
Box 308
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-378-4201

Running Waters B & B (approx.. 12 mins)
1464 Miller Road
Merritt, BC V1K 1N6
Phone: 250-378-4476  Fax: 250-378-3925
e-mail: rickisbister@hotmail.com

Seven Halfdiamond Ranch
Box 2790
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-378-2616 Fax: 250-378-2616
e-mail: cabin@guestranchbc.com

*Sportsman Motel
3463 Voght Street
Merritt, B.C.
Toll free: 1-800-663-6868 Phone: (250) 378-2207
e-mail: sportsmanmotel@yahoo.ca
Website: www.sportsmanmotel.com
SEASONAL POOL

*Super 8 Motel
3561 Voght Street
Merritt, BC V1K 1C5
Phone: 250-378-9422  Fax: 250-378-5465
POOL
1 Wheelchair accessible Room

*Travelodge
3581 Voght Street
Exit 290
1-800 578-7878 or 250-378-8830
email: travelodgemerritt@telus.net
www.travelodge.com
POOL
Wheelchair accessible Rooms

UL Midday Valley Ranch
Box 1425
Merritt, BC V1K 1B8
Phone: 250-315-9087  Fax: 250-378-8824
e-mail: middayranch@hotmail.com

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Seven Halfdiamond Ranch  Guest Cabin and winter and summer activities

                                                (250) 378-2616 Toll free: 800-357-3198

                                                 Fax: (250) 378-2616

                                                 Email: cavin@guestranchbc.com

                                                 Website: www.guestranchbc.com

                                                 (Guests only)

UL Midday Valley Ranch    Guest Ranch, Spa, and RV Park

(250) 315-9087 Fax: (250) 378 8824 Email: middayranch@hotmail.com

Website: UL Midday Valley Ranch

There is horseback riding available at the UL Midday Valley Ranch.

The cost is $20 for one hour, $35 for two hours, $55 for three hours, $75 for four hours, and $135 for eight hours. One days’ notice is needed to arrange a trail ride (the horses need to be found). The trail ride is guided. For more information contact the Ranch, for information specifically regarding the trail ride tour contact Rick at the ranch.

Expert riders only and must be more than 12 years old!

AP Guest Ranch                   About 40 minutes from town

                                                (250) 378-6520           1-866-378-6500

                                                Fax: (250) 378-3492

                                                Email: apguestranch@hotmail.com

                                                Website: www.apguestranch.com/

Is there horseback riding available? Yes  (prefer larger groups if not a guest)

what are the prices? 50-55 for two hours (min of two hours)

do they need to be guests?  No, but there is a discounted price

is there a guide? – Yes

Contact information: Susan

Quilchena Hotel                     about 15 minutes from town

                                                (250) 378-2611

                                                Website: www.quilchena.com

Is there horseback riding available? Yes

What are the prices? (need to be guest) $35- 1 hour

Do they need to be guests, (yes)

Is there a guide? (Horseback riding to see the ranch (no joy rides) (nine years or older))

Can you gallop?  No

Douglas Lake Ranch                        About 40 minutes from town

                                                Various resorts on numerous lakes

                                                1-800-663-4838

                                                Website:  www.douglaslake.com

Gerard Guichon Ranch   1-250-378-4535   website:  www.ocis.net/~grbb

Stay on a working ranch in a bed & breakfast format

Not sure about camping

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Douglas Lake Ranch

Toll free: 1-800-663-4838

Phone: 1-250-350-3344

Email: info@douglaslake.com

www.douglaslake.com

 

Salmon Lake Resort

(owned & operated by Douglas Lake Resort)

Phone: 1-250-371-7206

Email: salmonlake@douglaslake.com

 

Stoney Lake Lodge

(owned & operated by Douglas Lake Resort)

Phone: 1-250-378-7492

Email: stoney@douglaslake.com

 

Stump Lake Ranch

Year round

Phone: 1-250-372-1215

www.stumplake.com

 

Nicola Ranch

Toll free: 1-888-708-7388

Phone: 1-250-378-6499

Email: info@nicolaranch.com

Nicola Ranch

 

Pimainus Lakes Resort

(between Merritt and Spences Bridge)

Phone: 1-250-768-5538

Winter: 1-250-453-9788

Email: d.erderly@telus.net

 

Tunkwa Lake Resort (all year round)

Phone: 1-250-523-9697

Email: info@tunkwalakeresort.com

www.tunkwalakeresort.com

Chataway Lakes Resort

(year round)

Phone: 1-250-378-0105

Email: Chataway@hughes.net

www.chatawaylakes.com

 

Dominic Lake Fishing Cabins and RV Sites

Phone: 1-250-371-2788

 

Paradise Lake Resort

Phone: 1-250-315-9226

Email: info@paradiselakeresort.ca

www.paradiselakeresort.ca

 

Lac le Jeune Resort & Conference Centre (summer only)

Lac le Jeune Road

Toll free: 1-800-561-5253

Phone: 250-372-2722

Email: reservations@lljr.ca

www.lljr.ca

 

Mile High Resort (year round)

(On Face Lake)

Toll free: 1-866-371-2606

Phone: 250-523-6479

www.milehighresort.com 

 

Roche Lake Resort

(seasonal)

Phone:1-250-828-2007

www.rochelake.com

 

 

Hatheume Lake Resort

Phone: 1-250-469-9600

Email: hatheume@hughes.net

http://www.hatheumelakeresort.com/

AP Guest Ranch (year round)

Toll free: 1-800-378-6500

Phone: 1-250-378-6520

Email: apguestranch@hotmail.com

www.apguestranch.com

 

Coquihalla Lakes Lodge

(Exit 228, Highway 5 halfway between Hope and Merritt, year-round)

Toll free: 1-877-978-2096

Phone: 1-250-378-2096

Email: deepmtn@telus.net

www.coquihallalakeslodge.com

 

Vermillion Lodge at Tulameen

(2891 Coalmont RR 2, 
Tulameen, BC V0X 2L0)

Phone: 250-295-3433

www.vermillionlodge.com

 

Surrey Lake Resort

(between Kamloops and Merritt)

Phone: 1-866-523-9778

www.surreylake.com

Vipassana Meditation Centre

 of BC
Dhamma Surabhi

(250) 378-4506

From Merritt:Take Highway 5 South approx. 30 km, and take EXIT 256. At the stop sign stay to the left onto Coldwater Rd. Drive for approx. 3 km and turn left onto Gillis Rd. Cross the small bridge (Kingsvale Bridge # 2) over the Coldwater River and turn left. Go up the hill (approx. 300 m), and then stay to the left when the road forks. The meditation centre is a further 100 m on the left.

 

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Gun Fishin

2052 Nicola Avenue

378-9046

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Ponderosa Sports     

1914 Voght Street

http://www.ponderosasports.ca/

378-9553

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Coquihalla Lakes: Just inside the southern boundary of BC Park’s Coquihalla Summit Park, a nice little twin lakes paddle with a private campground & lodge is the Coquihalla Lakes, where both the Coquihalla and Coldwater Rivers have their sources. The Coldwater River runs north alongside the highway while the Coquihalla River Runs South towards Hope.

The south lake is a beautiful deep blue and appears to be the deeper lake. It is longer and narrower than the north lake which is more of a round large pond with marshy edges although it has some rather deep looking holes scattered over the lake bed, A short winding channel joins the two lakes and is a nice taste of marsh paddling. From the southern tip of the S lake to the northern edge of the N lake it is about 2- 2&1/2 kms. A leisurely round trip takes about 2-3 hours (longer if you stop to fish or spot tadpoles etc.).

There is a ramp suitable for the launching of small rowboats or canoes and no gas motors over 6 horsepower are allowed. Rentals are available for canoes, pedalos & rowboats. During the July long weekend, our kids (a bit young still for canoeing unsupervised) had a great time on the pedalos, taking them out to go walking on the logs & catch tadpoles.

Lake swimming starts in July and carries on to September. However due to the altitude the evenings can be cool. The north lake especially has lots of logs to walk on, and frogging/tadpole catching can be good.

The area around the lakes is home to beaver, brown bears, grizzly bears, cougars, deer, moose, lynx, many types of birds including eagles and hawks, loons, all sorts of ducks and geese and, of course wild rainbow trout in the lakes. You won’t catch one every minute but when you do – look out! Average catch around 1-1&1/2lbs. Best with a fly rod in the Spring or Fall.

Biking – These lakes along with the lodge are situated on the the Trans Canada Trail which includes sections of the Kettle Valley Railroad. This is a very popular ride stretching from Hope in the west of the province to Nelson in the east. The best known sections are around Kelowna (the Mara Canyons) and from Penticton, past the Coquihalla Lakes, down the Coquihalla Canyon to Hope.

On any section you are likely to meet fellow cyclists from all over the world. For the true Mountain Bike afficando the local mountains contain miles of mountain trails from the simple to the extreme.

Directions: Access is quick and simple from Vancouver, about 2 hours from downtown, through Hope and up the Coquihalla Highway(5) to Exit 228, all on 4 lane highways. The turnoff is just North of the toll booths but before the Coldwater Provincial Park turnoff.

Coming South from Merrit look for the sign & turn left. If you hit the toll booths you’ve just missed it.

You can easily see the lakes from the highway.

 

Merritt Info Center Trails: These trails are a fun short little ride to get your legs warmed up before tackling the big stuff on Iron Mtn. There is a great viewpoint at the top with a picnic table. I recommend taking the loop by starting left at the bottom.

Directions: The Merritt Tourist Information Center is located at the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 97C. The trailhead for the info center trails is located immediately behind the info center.

 

Kane Valley Trail: The Kane Valley area offers many trails and loops for beginner-level bikers to intermediate riders. In the winter months, the Kane Valley trails serve as XC ski slopes. Also every year, towards the end of June, the “Kane Valley Classic”, a fun and low-key mountain bike race is held. Pick up an area map at the BC Ministry of Forest Office for more detailed information. Also on-sight maps and signs will help you stay on track.

Directions: From Merritt, take Hwy.#5 east towards Kelowna to Kane Valley Rd. Go up the long hill, and having passed its top, there’ll soon be a sign for the Kane Valley XC ski trails. Turn right onto the gravel road and park at the parking lot, which is marked by a signpost.

Hill’s Homestead Loop: is part of a new trail in the Nicola Nordic Ski Club trails in the the Kane Valley south of Merritt, BC.

Directions: Getting there … The Kane Valley is centrally located on British Columbia’s Coquihalla Highway network. The Valley lies 20 minutes south of Merritt, an hour west of Peachland and an hour north of Princeton.

The best winter access to the ski area is via the Kane Valley Road which joins Highway 5A/97C near Corbett Lake, 18 km south of Merritt.

Access to the skiing area is also possible from the western end of the Kane Valley Road near Kingsvale. Take exit 256 (Coldwater Road) on the Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) and turn north towards Merritt along Coldwater Road until Kane Valley Road. Turn right.

The Swakum Mountain: allows you to ride fairly early in the year, since it is usually the first that is snow free and dry in spring. Swakum Ridge is for intermediate to advanced bikers, starting off with jumps, and so on, reminding you off what is typical to north shore rides. Parts of the trail are through trees, and you’ll cross the road several times. After the second crossing there are some cut offs, leading you down. The trail ends at the 6 km sign on the road where you came up.

Directions: From Merritt, take Hwy #5A (NOT the Coquihalla Hwy) towards Kamloops. Pass the Ministry of Forests building, and immediately after that, take the next road (gravel) left which is not signed (that’s the Swakum Mtn. Road). Stay on this road to a culvert, and after the culvert the road is paved. It crosses under the Coquihalla Hwy, turning back to gravel and then starting to climb. Look for signs stating the distance from the highway. At the 11 km sign, you’ll cross a cattle guard and come to a clearing on the right side of the road. A double track trail takes off from there; the bike trail is marked with ribbons.

The Notch: It starts off at the parking lot at the meadows and follows the Cow Trail for some time, before taking off at a well marked intersection. There’s a steady climb to the top, with a fast single track descent. The notch itself is a rock chute that drops about 2 feet at the start of the descent. Part of the climb has been named the Bair Blitch; you’ll figure out why. You can ride the Notch in reverse direction, i.e. heading up Inside Passage, and then ride down, however it’s not worth it. Total distance is about 6.5 km.

Jp Cool: This trail starts at the 3rd cattle guard, i.e. where Cow Trail comes out. A very fun twisty single track, intermediate technical level. At the end, you can take Sanchez back to the road, or Rock Garden back to the parking area. Total distance is about 3 km.

Rock Garden / Bent Tree: This trail starts off where it meets with Sanchez and JP Cool. First, there’s a rocky climb, and later it passes below a bent tree–you’re where the name comes from. Try the teeter-totter (advice from the local experts). Technical difficulty for intermediate riders; the trail comes out at the meadows. The trail distance is about 2.5 km, and can be ridden in either direction.

Directions: In Merritt, at the junction Voght St. and Nicola Ave. (use the 7-eleven as a landmark), go south on Voght St and cross the bridge over Coldwater River. Turn left onto Mid Day Valley Road, which will turn into gravel at some point. You’ll pass two cattle guards, and about 300m after the second one, you’ll come to the meadows, where you park. There are trails going in several directions. You are there.

 

 

Too Much Info: is a newer trail that is now being added onto with other side trails that offer a higher difficulty of riding. The trail is built in such a manner that it can be ridden quite easily uphill, but it is bermed out and can be riden downhill for an excellent ride. The Godey Creek Connector and Ursa Major branch off from Too Much Info. At the summit of the trail there is a bench under a big tree which is a nice spot to have a snack and prepare for the descent. The trail includes “The Big Easy” a ten foot tall log ride that is as wide as a sidewalk. It is quite the experience

Directions: The Merritt Tourist Information Center is located at the junction of Highway 5 and Highway 97C. The trailhead for the info center trails is located immediately behind the info center. From the info center trails, right after crossing the fence take the right trail that wander up and finally to a dirt road. Ride up the dirt road to the left following a fenceline on the left side. Once you reach a stairset crossing the fence you are at the trail head for Too Much Info.

98: Is a great downhill/freeride trail. It has some steep sections and some challenging stunts to keep advanced riders off of their seats. It was the first all mountain trails built in Merritt. However it is still a great ride.

Directions: From 7-11 in Merritt take Nicola Ave. south (7-11 will be on the right) to the Coquihalla towards Vancouver. Travel along the highway for 10 minutes and take the Comstock Road exit. Follow this road under the highway. The road turns to gravel. Stay left at the first fork. Another road will join from the left, just continue on straight though. At the next fork there is a log structure on the side of the road, go left here. This road takes you to the top of Iron Mountain. Close to the summit there is a road to the left, this will take you to a radio tower and the trailhead for “Hornet”. Staying right will take you to another radio tower for the “98” and “99” trailheads. Going down the “99” trail will bring you to “Treats”.

Coco Bonk: A cross-country rider’s scenic paradise. Open grasslands and rangeland

Directions: On Highway 97c going out of Merritt. The Lundbom Lake turnoff is 5km past the tourist info center towards Kelowna. Once on the Lundbom lake road drive 5km to the first and only left hand turn immediately before the cattle guard at Lundbomb lake. Drive 50m up this road and park. To start, ride down the double track, cross a cattle guard, and follow the winding road along Hamilton Lake. Take the first major road to your right and up the draw, you should see trail markers soon. Near the end of the trail stay on the main road until you reach Tent Lake. The trail ends further along the Lundbomb Lake Road.

Cow Trail: Starting from the parking lot at the meadows, you follow a road for the first 0.5 km, before heading off left. This is a well marked trail, single and double track, with a technical rating for beginners. It meets with the end of Notch, Inside Passage, and JP Cool, so there are also lots of options for the more advanced riders. It can be ridden in both directions. The total distance is about 3.5 km.

JP Cool: It starts at the 3rd cattle guard, i.e. where Cow Trail comes out. A very fun twisty single track; intermediate technical level. At the end, you can take Sanchez back to the road, or Rock Garden back to the parking area. The total distance is about 3 km.

Sanchez: Sanchez trail takes you to the end of JP Cool. A very fun, twisty single track through a burned area. It ends up on a road; go left and climb back up to the main road.

Directions: In Merritt, at the junction Voght St. and Nicola Ave. (use the 7-eleven as a landmark), go south on Voght St , cross the bridge over Coldwater River. Turn left onto Mid-Day Valley Road, which will turn into gravel at some point. You’ll pass two cattle guards, and about 300m after the second one, you’ll come to the meadows, where you park. There are trails going in several directions. You are there.

 

Hornet: is one of the newer trails on Iron Mountain. It offers a rapid decent all the way down to the Tourist Information Center in Merritt, where you can grab an ice cream after the ride.

Directions: from 7-11 in Merritt take Nicola Ave. south (7-11 will be on the right) to the Coquihalla towards Vancouver. Travel along the highway for 10 minutes and take the Comstock Road exit. Follow this road under the highway. The road turns to gravel. Stay left at the first fork. Another road will join from the left, just continue on straight though. At the next fork there is a log structure on the side of the road, go left here. This road takes you to the top of Iron Mountain. Close to the summit there is a road to the left, this will take you to a radio tower and the trailhead for “Hornet”. Staying right will take you to another radio tower for the “98” and “99” trailheads. Going down the “99” trail will bring you to “Treats”.

 

 

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Bringing your own Horse? 

There is camping & Riding at the following site:

  • Lundbom Lake- This is a BC Forestry site. Great campsites with corrals for horses and trees to high line if it gets busy. 18.2 km from town, on highway 97C South. 12$ per night
  • Rainbow Trials- Take coldwater road exit. Proceed west on Coldwater Road for 12 Kms; turn Left onto Patchet Road (gravel); just past the 6K marker turn right up a steep single land dirt road for 2K’s into camp. Base camp is a remote forestry camp with no amenities. It is, however, easily accessible by truck and horse trailer and large or long rigs.
  • Tunkwa Lake- Take 97C North (towards logan lake) Follow that until you reach a stop sign, a right will take you into logan lake, a left into Ashcroft, and straight will eventually take you into Savona, but you will turn left approximately 14 kms after the junction. There is 10 well built corrals located here.
  • Kane Valley (Trails only, no camping) – In the winter this is Xcountry ski slops, but that makes for great trail riding in the summer. travel south aproximately 15 kms along Highway 97 towards Kelowna. Watch for “Kane Valley Ski Trails” and “Harmon Lake Recreation Site” highway signs. Exit the highway onto Kane Valley Road. Travel approximately 7 kms until reaching the parking area pullout on the right hand side of the road.

Resorts that welcome your horses!

  • Seven Halfdiamond Ranch – Cabins with winter & Summer Activities! Corrals and a riding ring to accompany your horses, Located 42 km from merritt, off of highway 5A South. Contact them by: 378-2616, cavin@guestranchbc.com, guestranchbc.com

 

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Wednesday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday 12 pm to 4 pm

Voght Street (across from Home Hardware)

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Nicola Ranch Country Gifts

Hwy 5A, 8km north of Merritt

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Quilchena General Store

Hwy 5A, 20km north of Merritt

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-3999 Airport Road

COOL CREEK AGENCIES

-Lauder Road (behind Kal Tire)

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CANADIAN TIRE

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2676 Nicola Ave.

Merritt, B.C.

378-9241

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Tom’s and Merritt Towing

BCAA Authorized Service

1141 MacFarlane Way

Merritt, B.C.

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Boats, RV’s, Bikes, snowmobiles

2204 Coyle Road

250-378-3738

Cell: 250-315-8550

Backroads Mini Storage

340 Marshall Rd., Lower Nicola

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Contain-It Storage (mini-storage, container sales, rentals)

1750 Hill Street  $100/month – 20 ft

250-315-3000

LN Self Storage

417 Merr-Spens Brdg Highway 8

250-378-2205

Merritt Sagebrush Storage

2751 Pooley Ave., Merritt            12X15=$100, 8X11=$80

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Hack Holdings Mini Storage

2885 Pooley Ave., Merritt

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Secure-All Storage

Midway Valley Road       10X10=$99

Cars, Rvs, boats, etc.

9am-3pm

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Trig’s Mini Storage

408 Merr-Spens Brdg Highway 8

378-4669